Ousted Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi raises his hands as he sits behind glass in a courtroom, in a converted lecture hall in the national police academy in an eastern Cairo suburb. Picture: Ahmed Omar

Ankara - Turkey's presidential spokesman said on Monday that the Middle East would be thrown into turmoil if death sentences handed down in Egypt to former president Mohamed Morsi and other senior Islamist figures were carried out.

Ibrahim Kalin told a news conference in Ankara that Turkey would work with the UN Human Rights Commission following the sentences, and take “all necessary steps”.

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan is a vocal supporter of Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood.